A&M International Holds Ballet Folklorico Classes for Children

Texas A&M International University's Office of Continuing Education is conducting registration for "Mexican Ballet Folklorico" classes for boys and girls in 1st - 4th grade and 5th - 10th grade.

The classes will be held on Saturday mornings November 7, 14, 21, and December 5 and 12 in the University's Kinesiology/Convocation Building.

Boys and girls in 1st - 4th grades will meet from 10 - 11 a.m. Boys and girls in 5th - 10th grades will meet from 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Tuition is $30. Children do not need prior knowledge or background in Ballet Folklorico to enroll.

Girls are required to wear a solid color Mexican Ballet Folklorico practice skirt. A pattern is available upon request. It is preferred that girls also wear a black leotard with white tights, however casual clothing may be worn instead. Boys should wear comfortable clothing. A shoe with a heel is required.

Class participants will learn basic footwork or "zapatedo," correct shirt work, dance and performance techniques, and Mexican folk dances. Mexican culture, traditions, and customs will also be explored.

Classes will be conducted by Gabriela Mendoza, Dance Director of the University's Ballet Folklorico group, and Associate Director of Student Development at A&M International.

Prior to joining the University, Mendoza was a member of a professional dance troupe, Roy Lozano's Ballet Folklorico de Tejas, in Austin from 1991 to 1995. While a student at the University of Texas at Austin, she danced with El Grupo de Dance y Arte Folklorico de la Universidad de Texas en Austin from 1989 to 1991.

To register for the Mexican Ballet Folklorico for Children class or for more information, please call the University's Office of Continuing Education at 326-2700, or visit offices in the Sue and Radcliffe Killam Library Room 332. University office hours are from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday - Friday.

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